Ontario has a law that protects your personal health information (Personal Heath Information Protection Act, 2004). Personal health information includes identifying information such as: a client’s name, address, phone number, emergency contact and family history, as well as clinical information such as psychological reports, medical and psychiatric diagnoses, reports to third parties and clinical progress notes.
Clinicians are legally and professionally obliged to protect personal health information. We collect this information in order to assess client needs and progress, to provide therapeutic services, to bill for services, and to communicate with both you and third parties as is necessary. The information that is collected is limited to what is necessary for ongoing treatment and the provision of care and we have a legal responsibility to report if there is an immediate risk of hurting self or others or abusing a child.